Center Trayvon Reed committed to the Maryland basketball team on Thursday during an official campus visit, an individual with knowledge of the situation said. The 7-feet-1 center adds a much-needed interior dimension to the school’s class of 2014, which already includes two of the nation’s premier shooters and an under-the-radar wing vaulting up the recruiting rankings.
Reed’s commitment comes less than a week after he sent Twitter into a late-night frenzy last Friday, when several outlets reported he had committed to Maryland, quoting Reed himself. Reed’s AAU program Each 1 Teach 1 later diffused the rumor, saying mutual interest was still high. Ranked the No. 68 player nationally according to Rivals, Reed chose Maryland from offers from many SEC schools, including Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. He is a four-star recruit according to most recruiting services.
Before Reed, Coach Mark Turgeon had already assembled the country’s third-ranked class, according to ESPN.com. Bishop O’Connell guard Melo Trimble (No. 42 nationally, per Rivals), Potomac’s Dion Wiley (No. 47) and Pennsylvania swingman Jared Nickens (No. 94) were the first three to commit.
Maryland’s search for a complimentary big man wound down to Reed and Riverdale Baptist’s Chinanu Onuaku, who has been mostly secretive about his favorites throughout the recruitment process. Local power forward Martin Geben was also in the mix, but Reed’s commitment effectively closes the door, unless the Terps want to continue searching for a fifth piece to hedge against future attrition.
From Shiloh High School in Georgia, Reed brings an athletic shot-blocker into the mix. Scouts love his length and long-term potential, but agree that his offense needs to develop at the next level.